Warm Audio WA2A is a proud member of the “use your ears, not your inheritance” school for ‘inspired’ product manufacture.
While not purporting to be an exact clone, Warm Audio unashamedly produces this “2A style optical compressor” as a way of helping your mix outside the box – if you get what we mean.
It’s a 2RU device that works wonderfully on vocals and drums, and should definitely be considered, in place of plug-ins.
Let’s check it out using Warm Audio’s own words:
WA-2A is a high-voltage, Class-A opto-compressor, utilising large-core CineMag USA Transformers, four premium vacuum tubes, and the legendary Kenetek opto-cell – considered by many to be the world’s finest.
The WA-2A operates on four tubes: two 12AX7’s, one 12BH7, and one 6aq5 (or 6P1J). We proudly use Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix brand tubes in the signal path, which sound very ‘open’ and LARGE. All 4 tubes are socketed for easy swapping and replacement.